Translate this page
Colonel Roger Stanfield
Colonel Roger Stanfield

Col. Stanfield serves on Milcom ‘13 panel

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

Colonel Roger Stanfield, who is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, was one of the panelists at a Nov. 18 plenary session of the Milcom ‘13 conference which was held Nov. 18 through 20 at the San Diego Convention Center and focused on military communications.

Stanfield is with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He was joined by four other panelists and a moderator for the afternoon plenary session "Warfighter Experience with Military and Commercial Communications."

Stanfield’s emphasis was on ingenuity when a need arises. "It absolutely worked in OEF," he said. "Industry responds and they come up with solutions in a hurry.

Stanfield noted that industry handles the pressure of short-term military needs. "It seems like it speeds up and it happens real quick," he said. "Industry responsiveness is what made a lot of that work."

Stanfield noted that the United States military often works with partners from other nations and that the branches of the service work with each other. "Sometimes our security issues can be our restraints," he said.

Interoperability was a higher priority during Operation Enduring Freedom. "It was all about trust," Stanfield said. "Just about all of it Advertisement
Advertisement for Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary
[ Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary ]
did work."

Stanfield noted the need for technology to match the mission. "MEUs are in pretty good shape," he said.

MEU stands for Marine Expeditionary Unit. "Radar is king out there," he said.

Stanfield noted that technological challenges include limited transmission systems aboard ships. He also noted the need to cater technology to those other than specialists. "It’s not always just a data or radio guy. Sometimes he’s wearing both hats," Stanfield said.

Fiscal restraints may result in increased simulations and war gaming exercises as opposed to actual field training. "We worry about sequestration going forward," Stanfield said. "We may be facing a whole bunch of time in the barn."

The Joint Information Environment initiative allows compatibility between different branches of the military service, although Stanfield warns that common technology must take into account different practices. "If you standardize across the board all the services don’t operate the same, so you’ve got to put a lot of thought into that," he said.

"At what level do you standardize things?" Stanfield said. "It’s got to be given a lot of thought."

Stanfield believes that ingenuity will ultimately overcome the various challenges. "It solved a lot of issues in OEF," he said. "We’ll figure it out."



arrow Be the first to share your opinion on this article!

Add your Comment


Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.


The Fallbrook Village News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter

Advertisement for Fallbrook Healthcare Partners


Most Commented

Reach Local Customers

The Fallbrook Village News The Fallbrook Village News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2014
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds